|Own Africavision Song Contest|
The general logo of OAfSC. The host country appears in the heart.
|Also known as||OAfSC|
|Country of origin||List of countries|
Hosted by previous winner |
List of host cities
|Running time||About 1 month|
|Original run||14 April 2020 – present|
|Status||OAfSC #2 has ended|
|Number of countries||55|
|Number of songs||88|
The Own Africavision Song Contest, often shortened to OAfSC is a song contest held on YouTube, primarily, among the member countries of the Own African Union of Broadcasting since April 2020. The competition is based upon the existing Eurovision Song Contest which is held among the member countries of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) since 1956.
Each country's head of delegation gets to select an entry for each edition either by internal or national selection. Then the countries get to vote for each show (semi-final or final) to determine the qualifiers and the winner of the edition.
The first ever Own Africavision Song Contest started on 14th April 2020. It was held in the capital city of DR Congo which also was the first nation to host the Own Africavision Song Contest, as well as the first direct qualifier to the final. 42 nations took part in the first edition each submitting one entry to the contest. Each country awarded 12 points to their favourite, 10 points to their second favourite, and then 8 to 1 points to the rest.
The first edition was won by Burkina Faso.
Any full member of the Own Africavision Broadcasting Union is allowed to send a song for the Own Africavision Song Contest. Each full member has got a certain broadcaster that is responsible for the choice of the artists and songs the country is sending for each edition.
Fifty-five countries have participated at least once. These will be listed here alongside the edition in which they made their debut:
|Edn.||Country making its debut|
|#02||Algeria, Comoros, Egypt, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger|
|#03||Djibouti, Guinea, Western Sahara|
The contest's format was the same during the first editions; two semi-finals and a final were held. The top ten scored countries from each semi-final advanced to the final. In the first edition, the host country, DR Congo was the sole automatic qualifier. However, for the next editions, this would change to big 6 and the top 6 from each edition will be a part of the big 6.
In the first edition, the (Kinshasa) Congolese broadcaster, the organizers of the first edition, announced that DR Congo would be auto-qualified to the final as it contributed in the organization of the contest. Since the second edition, the six highest-placed countries in the grand final were guaranteed a place in the following edition's grand final, without having to qualify. The remaining countries had to enter the semi-final.
There are several rules of the contest in order to enter. The main rule of the contest is that the country has to officially join the Own African Union of Broadcasting with a certain broadcaster before applying to enter the contest. Regarding the broadcaster, any broadcaster can be accepted by the OAfBU. The head of delegation of the certain country must be at the position for at least three editions. If the head of delegation is not satisfied with the country, one can swap the countries with other users. There are also rules regarding the entries, such as that Eurovision Song Contest songs are not allowed to compete in the contest or that the singer must be over the age of 16.
The voting system used in the contest has been in place since the beginning, and is a positional voting system. Each country awards one set of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs.
Presentation of votes
Since the first edition, all the participating countries have been voting in the final, including the countries that failed to qualify from the semi-finals.
Since the first edition, the results were announced from last to first places, with the current announced entry being played.
Nul points and ties
So far there has been no entry that received no points from any country.
There have been several ties during the contest. In case of a tie between two or more countries, the country that received points from the most countries wins the tie. However, if the countries received points from the same number of countries, the number of 12 points is counted and if they are still tied it goes on until the tie breaks. The first notable and controversial tie in the contest was the one between Ethiopia and Nigeria in the first edition where Ethiopia came 13th and Nigeria 14th in semi-final making only the first to qualify
The contest has so far 4 winning countries.
Own Africavision Song Contest Winners Edition 1
Own Africavision Song Contest Winners Edition 1 will be an event edition organised to commemorate the Own Africavision Song Contest's first decade and to determine the contest's most popular winner of its first ten editions.